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Senator Killion Receives Committee Assignments for Legislative Session 2017-2018
At the end of last week, I received my committee assignments for legislative session 2017-2018. I am excited to announce that I will be serving on 6 very important and influential committees.
For the 2017-18 session, I will continue to serve as the Vice Chairman of the State Government committee as well as be a member of the Appropriations, Banking & Insurance, Communication & Technology, Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, and Urban Affairs & Housing committees. The committees in the General Assembly are important components of the legislative process. Each committee dedicates great effort to understanding the issues they oversee and work with various stakeholders to draft policy proposals that best address the needs of Pennsylvania residents.
Serving on these committees will allow me to be at the table and involved in the early stages of policy development that will have a significant impact on residents and communities in Delaware and Chester counties.
Senator Killion Announces $320,000 in DCNR Grants for Chester County Waterway Projects
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has awarded $320,000 in Riparian Forest Buffer grants for Chester County and some parts of 9th Senatorial District. The program is administered by DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation to provide financial and technical assistance to county and local governments, river organizations, and other nonprofits for the construction of riparian forest buffer projects that help protect and preserve Pennsylvania’s waterways.
It is so important that we have programs like the Riparian Forest Buffer program to help protect Pennsylvania water ways. We know that with the aid of these buffers we are able to dramatically improve our water resources and help protect them for future generations.
I am so pleased that our region has been selected to receive these grants. With the culmination of these projects we will be able to provide a better quality of life for constituents in the 9th Senatorial District.
State Senate Unanimously Adopts Senator Killion’s Resolution Recognizing Catholic Schools
This week I introduced and the Senate unanimously adopted a resolution designating the week of January 29 through February 4, 2017, as "Catholic Schools Week" in Pennsylvania.
Nationally, more than 2 million students are enrolled in Catholic Schools at the elementary and secondary levels. Parents who choose this option repeatedly cite high academic standards, a safe school environment, and values-added education, as the reasons for their choice. Ninety-nine percent of Catholic school students graduate and ninety-five percent go onto college.
Catholic schools instill in our cherished children a strong foundation of values, self-esteem, self-confidence and leadership skills, and are an important part of many Pennsylvania communities. Overall, Catholic schools save our state and local taxpayers more than $2 billion each year.
I am proud to have introduced Senate Resolution 11.
Radon Action Month in Pennsylvania
January is “Radon Action Month,” and is an opportunity for all of us to focus on the dangers of this odorless gas and known carcinogen. An estimated 40 percent of Pennsylvania homes have unsafe radon levels.
The Radon Division helps to ensure public health and safety by increasing public and professional awareness of radon and its health risks within the Commonwealth.
Here’s more information on radon and how to test your home.
Property Tax/ Rent Rebate Forms Available for 2016
The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications are now available for eligible residents to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2016.
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may also file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria.
For more information and to apply. please visit the website.
Please do not hesitate to contact my district office if you have questions or need assistance in applying.
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How to Contact Me
I have staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.
The district office is located at 100 Evergreen Drive, Suite 113 in Glen Mills PA, 19342. The phone number is (610) 358-5183. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.
Senate Box 203009
100 Evergreen Drive